Indians Game Information: April 12 vs. White Sox

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (5-6) at CHICAGO WHITE SOX (6-5)

RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 4.22) vs. RHP Felipe Paulino (0-1, 6.52)

Game #12/Road #6 » Sat., April 12, 2014 » U.S. Cellular Field » 2:10 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM//WMMS/IRN

WINS & LOSSES

» After clawing back to erase a 3-0 deficit, the Indians fell for the third straight time last night at Chicago, losing 9-6, allowing runs to the Sox in each of the last six innings.

» According to ELIAS: The White Sox scored in every inning from the third through the eighth. It was the 2,084th game between Chicago and Cleveland, but it was the first in which the White Sox scored in six consecutive innings.

» The Indians are 0-2 to begin this 8-day, 7-game road trip through Chicago-AL (0-2, 2 to play) & Detroit (3 games)…last Friday began a stretch of 10 consecutive game dates before club’s next scheduled off day on April 14 (Monday) in the Motor City.

» Cleveland is coming off a 6-day, 6-game homestand that saw the Tribe go 3-3 against Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)… club began the year with a brief 3-game road trip during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign.

» Tribe is 2-3 on the road and 3-3 at Progressive Field…team has gone 3-2 in night games, but 2-4 during the day.

A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS

» Cleveland is in 3rd place in the A.L. Central standings, just mere pct. points ahead of Kansas City (4-5)…the Indians are just 1.5 games out of division-leading Detroit, who were held to just 1-hit last night in San Diego…Chicago is in 2nd place @6-5…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 8 days in 2nd place, two days in 3rd place.

SERIES STUFF

» The DH split with the Padres earned Cleveland a 2-1 series win over San Diego, as the Indians are 2-1-0 in 3 series played so far this season (1-1-0 at home, 1-0-0 on the road)…the Indians dropped their first series opener of the season Thursday night to the Sox (now 3-1)…Tribe had earned 4 consecutive series wins against Chicago-AL dating back to last season (that will be snapped)

ASHES OF AMERICAN FLAGS

» The Indians also started 5-6 in 2013 on their way to a 92-70 regular season record…in fact, the Indians started the 2013 season 5-10 and produced a losing month of April (11-13)…last year thru 11 games the Indians were hitting .236 (89/377) with 46 runs scored (4.2 per game) and had a team ERA of 4.50 (98.0IP, 89H, 55R/49ER)…the 2014 edition is sporting the same runs scored total (46, .241, 87/361) and lower ERA (96.0IP, 98H, 53R/47ER).

VIA CHICAGO

» The Indians & White Sox are locking horns in their only 4-game series of the season, as the remaining 5 meetings are all 3-game sets…Tribe’s 7-3 loss on Thursday night snapped a 14-game winning streak against Chicago-AL, which had been the longest active streak by any team against a single opponent and longest for Cleveland since reeling off 14 straight victories against the Kansas City Athletics in 1960 (T3rd-longest in Cleveland history)…

» Thursday’s loss also snapped an 8-game win streak for the Tribe at U.S. Cellular Field – longest ever for Cleveland at this park…the Indians are 9-3 in Chicago since the start of last season.

» In finishing the 2013 season with a 17-2 record against the Sox, Cleveland matched a Division Era (since ‘69) MLB record for most wins against a single opponent, most since Oakland beat Seattle 17 times in ‘06…Tribe went 9-1 in Chicago, finishing the year on an 8-game winning streak at U.S. Cellular Field, but are 0-2 this year.

» The Sox are 2-0 against the Indians in 2014 and have already matched their 2013 win total (2) vs. Cleveland…the last time the Indians dropped 2 straight vs. Chicago was May 27/Sept 24, 2012 .

PASSENGER SIDE

» Thursday night began a stretch during which 11 of the Tribe’s 14 games are set to be played against A.L. Central foes…club is off to a 1-4 start within the division.

» The Indians went 44-32 (.579) against A.L. Central opponents in 2013, a 13-win improvement over their divisional record in 2012 (.431, 31-41).

» The Indians travel to Detroit next, where they were 4-15 against the Tigers last year and 3-6 in Comerica Park.

KIPNIS JOINS HOOTON FOUNDATION BOARD

» The Taylor Hooton Foundation announced Friday that JASON KIPNIS has joined its Advisory Board made up exclusively of players throughout MLB…The Hooton Foundation is a leading advocacy group speaking out against the use of performance-enhancing drugs by the youth of America.

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